Turboden S.p.A, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, based in Brescia, Italy, has concluded a contract to provide the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC), representing nine Indigenous First Nations in Saskatchewan, with a 8,000 kW Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power generation system that uses sawmill residual woody biomass as fuel.
The carbon-neutral power project, operating under the name of the MLTC Bioenergy Centre, will be located near Meadow Lake, SK, within the traditional territory of the nine First Nations of the MLTC. The green power generation facility, with major equipment supplied by Turboden, is a project of the MLTC, supported with funding from the Government of Canada. The facility will produce electricity from an ORC system (Note) utilizing Turboden’s technology, with biomass fuel derived from residual wood waste from the adjacent, MLTC-owned NorSask Forest Products LP (NorSask) sawmill as heating fuel.
The system is expected to produce 6,600 kW (net) of carbon neutral baseload electricity to power approximately 5,000 homes. The project is expected to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by more than one million tonnes over 25 years (equivalent to CO2 emission of more than 50,000 vehicles per year), as well as significantly reduce smoke and other harmful particulate matter, improving the local air quality conditions.
In addition to the generated electricity, the cogeneration system design provides process heat to the area’s NorSask sawmill buildings as well as new high efficiency lumber dry kiln, which will reduce natural gas consumption and also improve the economics of Canada’s largest 100 percent Indigenous-owned sawmill facility.